|Publication number||US6938915 B2|
|Application number||US 10/448,516|
|Publication date||Sep 6, 2005|
|Filing date||May 30, 2003|
|Priority date||May 30, 2003|
|Also published as||US20040239079|
|Publication number||10448516, 448516, US 6938915 B2, US 6938915B2, US-B2-6938915, US6938915 B2, US6938915B2|
|Inventors||Robert C. Bischoff, Melinda Elisa Maxfield, Kerry Ellen Williams|
|Original Assignee||Go-Go Babyz Corp.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (14), Referenced by (10), Classifications (14), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates generally to vehicle restraint systems, more specifically, to car seats for infants and toddlers.
Child car seats are well known in the prior art. Child car seats are typically secured in the vehicle by a seat belt. The seat belt may attach directly to the car seat, or to a base unit. In either case, removal of the car seat from the vehicle generally requires that it be lifted in a vertical direction from the base or directly from the seat. The awkwardness of this lifting motion is difficult and can strain the back and shoulder muscles or cause injury.
An example of an infant restraining seat providing a platform adapted to rest on and be secured in position on a vehicle seat is disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 6,158,807. U.S. Pat. No. 4,872,693 discloses another type of removable child car seat that can also function as a stroller. Combination stroller-infant seats that can be converted from one form to the other are also described in U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,398,951; 4,678,196; and 2,720,911. Many of these prior art infant restraining seats and stroller-infant seats are quite complicated, lack versatility in use, and are cumbersome or arduous to deal with.
The present invention will be understood more fully from the detailed description that follows and from the accompanying drawings, which however, should not be taken to limit the invention to the specific embodiments shown, but are for explanation and understanding only.
The present invention provides an ergonomic child car seat for removable attachment to a base unit secured to a passenger seat of a vehicle. The child car seat includes wheels for mobile transport of a child upon removal of the car seat from the base unit. In the following description numerous specific details are set forth, such as materials, mechanisms, angles, dimensions, etc., in order to provide a thorough understanding of the present invention. Persons having ordinary skill in the mechanical arts, however, will appreciate that these specific details may not be needed to practice the present invention.
Child car seat 100 also includes a handle assembly (more clearly shown in
The handle assembly may include any one of a number of conventional locking mechanisms utilized for positioning the gripping bar 410 at a desired height or extended position. Such locking mechanisms are well known in the luggage arts. For example, a pair of compression fittings 119 that tighten against rods 109 when twisted may be utilized, as shown. Other alternative mechanisms include conventional handle-actuated latching mechanisms such as the type that locks the inner rods 109 to outer tubes 110 when a latch built into handle gripping bar 410 is engaged. Squeezing the grip disengages the latch to allow inner rods 109 to move within outer tubes 110 so they may be extended or retracted to a new position.
A pair of wheels 111 is axially affixed to a protruding section 112 of back 102. By way of example, the rear view of
To transport a child positioned in recessed seat 107, the parent or guardian tilts child car seat 100 by pushing back and/or down on the handle gripping bar 410 in a direction indicated by arrow 411 of FIG. 5. This causes child car seat 100 to pivot back onto wheels 111 such that the weight of child car seat rests entirely on wheels 111. In other words, child car seat 100 is tilted back so as to lift bottom 104 off ground surface 115. This mobile position, in which child car seat 100 is pivoted onto wheels 111, is shown in FIG. 5. In this mobile position, the parent or guardian can transport a child positioned in cushioned recessed seat 107 by pushing (or pulling) child car seat 100 over the ground.
Bottom 104 of child car seat 100 includes a pair of dovetail openings or slots 113 and 114 that extend through support shell 101 from one sidewall to the other. Slots 113 and 114 are formed to receive corresponding interlocking dovetail members 131 and 132, respectively, of a base unit 120 (see FIG. 1B). Dovetail members 131 and 132 and the upper surface 121 of base unit 120 may comprise a waxy plastic material having a low coefficient of friction to facilitate sliding of support shell 101 of child car seat 100 onto or off of base unit 120.
In the embodiment of
It is also understood that dovetail slots 113 and 114 may run only partially through shell 101 of child car seat 100. Another possibility is to configure bottom 104 of child car seat 100 to be smaller in width than the width of base unit 120. In other words, a wide variety of configurations other than those shown and discussed in the present specification are possible.
Base unit 120 is secured to a passenger seat of a vehicle using the vehicle's seat belt. Bottom 104 of child car seat 100 is then slid in a sideways or horizontal motion so that members 131 and 132 fit into respective openings 113 and 114 to secure car seat 100 to base unit 120 within the vehicle. In other words, the dovetail relationship of members 131 & 132 mated to slots 113 and 114, respectively, securely attaches child car seat 100 to base unit 120.
To prevent car seat 100 from sliding sideways, a resilient base plate is raised into a transverse slot 141 that passes through a portion of members 131 & 132 (see FIG. 2). This slot is aligned with a corresponding transverse slot 142 (see
Seat belt attachment brackets or flanges 133 are provided on the top rear portion of the base unit 120. To secure base unit 120 to the seat of the vehicle the seat lap belt is passed through the slots or openings 134 formed by brackets 123. It is appreciated that other embodiments may include more than two brackets, or just a single, extended bracket 133. A wide variety of alternative seat belt attachment techniques may also be utilized to secure base unit 120 to a vehicle's passenger seat.
With continuing reference to
A latch assembly comprising a finger 151 and sleeve 152 is also shown attached to the side of base unit 120. When sidewall panel 126 is in a raised position, finger 151 may be extended to hold panel 126 in place. Other conventional latching mechanisms may also be used. When sidewall panel 126 is in a raised or closed position as shown in
According to another aspect of the present invention, a center locking mechanism may be actuated to further prevent child car seat 100 from sliding sideways off of base unit 120.
Rotating lever 170 in a direction shown by arrow 182 causes linkage arm 162 to push center plate 160 up through slot 141 in upper surface 121 of base unit 120 (see FIG. 2). Slot 141 extends in a transverse direction from front side 127 toward rear side 128. Slot 141 also passes through a portion of each of dovetail members 131 & 132 to a height that allows center plate 160 to be fully raised, as shown in FIG. 3B.
A corresponding slotted opening 142 is located along a transverse direction of bottom 104 of child car seat 100, as shown in FIG. 6. When child car seat 100 is mated to base unit 120 and centered such that sidewall panels 126 may be raised and latched, respective transverse slots 141 & 142 in base unit 120 and child car seat 100 are aligned. In this configuration, actuation of lever 170 causes center plate to be raised to a locking position in which plate 160 fits within transverse slots 141 & 142. This locked position prevents child car seat from moving laterally over base unit 120.
Although the present invention has been described in conjunction with specific embodiments, numerous modifications and alterations are well within the scope of the present invention. For example, instead of a base unit with trapezoidal shaped dovetail members, T-shaped or other rectilinear or curvilinear shaped members may be used with corresponding shaped openings in the bottom of child car seat. Accordingly, the specification and drawings are to be regarded in an illustrative rather than a restrictive sense.
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|U.S. Classification||280/658, 280/47.25|
|International Classification||B60N2/28, B62B1/00|
|Cooperative Classification||B60N2/2821, B60N2/2848, B60N2/2806, B60N2/2845, B60N2/2854|
|European Classification||B60N2/28C, B60N2/28J, B60N2/28G2, B60N2/28B2, B60N2/28G4|
|Nov 28, 2003||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: GO-GO BABYZ CORPORATION, CALIFORNIA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:BISCHOFF, ROBERT C.;MAXFIELD, MELINDA ELISA;WILLIAMS, KERRY ELLEN;REEL/FRAME:014741/0237
Effective date: 20031023
|Mar 16, 2009||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Sep 6, 2009||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Oct 27, 2009||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20090906